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Judas: Hero Misunderstood by [Royle, Jason E.]
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Jason is the pastor of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania. A social worker before his call to full-time ministry, Jason received his Doctorate in Ministry from Sewanee: University of the South School of Theology and his Master’s from Johnson University. He and his wife, Heather, have two children (Katelyn and Nate) and one happy but shy dog (Cookie).

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  • Print Length: 62 pages
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  • Publisher: Jason E. Royle; 1 edition (17 Aug. 2014)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MTCDRG6
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Also always believed that Judas was not the devil incarnate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good story with great insights often left out of the discussion by others. 6 Mar. 2015
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A disciple that is as important to the history of Christianity as anyone, second only to Jesus himself. Jason Royle takes us inside the thoughts of Judas Iscariot after that fateful kiss. What makes this story different from others told along a similar vein is the contemporary way in which it is done.

During the story itself there is no preachy attitude taken and I believe this allows for the reader to take in what is being delivered, a story about a man who did something and seeks forgiveness just as all others do. Was his sin any greater than any other persons sin? This is a work of fiction and a what if kind of book. It is meant to make you think, open your mind, and at times be blown away by the simplicity of thought that has escaped so many for so long.

Royle brings certain elements from scripture into the story that are often left out of the discussion of Judas and I believe are very important in knowing who Judas was.

Well worth paying for, which I did. My score of a 4 is based on a book reviewer scoring system I have that I use. It keeps me honest. 5 would be something just exceptional like a Fitzgerald or Steinbeck. Jason Royle's book is better than the meets expectations of a 3. It makes you think, keeps you moving along, and has you telling a friend about it. I would find it interesting to see what he could do with this character in developing a full length novel based on him and giving him a history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Thought Provoking Look at the "Traitor" We All Love to Hate 24 Mar. 2016
By Cassandra Foster - Published on Amazon.com
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First and foremost, I find it important to note that I am not a Christian, but rather a spiritual person that enjoys theological discussion; the possibilities of faith and all it's many facets. I am, like most, familiar with the story of Judas Iscariot and the ideology that comes with his name. However, I found myself putting much of my own ideas and opinions aside as I read Royle's work. The story itself is farcical in nature, with Judas pleading his case before a court of heavenly bodies, even visiting other "traitors" in his mission to "clear" his name. The story is refreshing, thought provoking, and thankfully not at all preachy or judgmental. The acceptance and challenge to see things in a more accepting, even enlightening light was completely unexpected, but not unappreciated. Royle has a way of making even this non-Christian consider Judas Iscariot's place in the larger scheme of things. If Judas was indeed a harbinger of God's will, then how can the faith continue to criticize his actions?

I enjoyed Royle's work immensely, and his writing style and message went far above and beyond my expectations for this story. I highly recommend his work to anyone that has an open mind, or chooses the path of acceptance and possibility over that of judgment and closed minded ideals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A different perspective 29 Mar. 2016
By Kelsey White - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautifully written and definitely a different perspective. Although I am not religious, I do have knowledge of the story of Judas - I must say I was deeply moved by the author's intelligent point of view when telling this tale. At a time when equality and acceptance of others is at the forefront of our cultural conversations, the author pushes the envelope even further by challenging Christians and people everywhere to reconsider the role of one the most hated characters in the bible: Judas. I would recommend you to deepen your mind and heart, venture a bit outside of what conventional society teaches and explore the tales you know by heart through the eyes of another.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and thought provoking 28 Mar. 2016
By michele hocking - Published on Amazon.com
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This was an incredibly interesting book, showing a widely known story but from an entirely new perspective. Even people who have not read the Bible and do not fully understand the story of Judas have heard the name or understand the association the name usually carries, which is that of betrayal. Because of this, this would be an interesting read for many people, since you don't necessarily need to hold an particular belief to find this an interesting and unique take on an age old story. It is also very well written and a quick and easy read, making it incredibly enjoyable. I would highly recommend it to viewers who like to see different versions of old or familiar stories.
1.0 out of 5 stars This book should have been called, “Judas: An author misguided”. 21 April 2017
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I went through and read the entire book, which was surprisingly short. I wanted to make sure that I gave the benefit of the doubt before commenting. As far as the story goes, I wonder if the author knows the Gospel and is really familiar with scripture. If he is, I am concerned that he would be so theologically inaccurate (and a bit dishonest). I only had minor comments on the story itself until I read the supporting scripture items in the back. As far as the story, why did the author refer to the Holy Spirit as she? Jesus refers to the Spirit in John 14:26 as “He”. Also, the author goes through a listing of titles for Satan saying, “He was the Son of the Morning who led the rebellion in Heaven and who took a third of the angels with him. He was beautiful. He was smart. His body was music…”, but then has a thick black liquid entered the room symbolizing Satan. Sin is tempting because it is pleasurable for a season and Satan parades as an angel of light to deceive. People aren’t easily deceived by thick black liquid. Then the overall theme was Judas’ advocate justifying him to God and making excuses, but never did it discuss that Judas’ life and behavior are irrelevant, because if he was to be justified (not saying he is) it would be by the blood of Jesus only! Instead the whole book is a defense for Judas. I pray that no one reading this book will be blinded to think that they will be justified in front of God because they weren’t really that bad or had a bad start in life. You will only be righteous in the sight of God because of your faith in Jesus Christ and HIS sacrifice on the cross. I could have given a bit more credit to the book if Judas was acknowledged as unworthy but repented and placed his faith in Jesus and then was allowed to enter (still wouldn’t check with what is written about him in scripture, but would have been a better argument). Under the argument of this book, I could defend Satan himself. Didn’t Satan have to fall from Heaven and tempt Adam and Eve for everything to go according to plan? Really the premise is off when you consider it. Saying that everyone is bad so why is he excluded misses the entire Gospel! All of us are bad and only through faith in Jesus and His victory are we saved. That point was completely excluded from this book. Then I got to the supporting scripture section and that is when I started to see dishonesty. The author cited John 18:9, but conveniently left out the prayer that the verse is citing. If you read John 17:12 it reads, “While I was with them, I was protecting them by Your name that You have given Me. I guarded them and not one of them is lost, except the son of destruction, so that the Scripture may be fulfilled.” This is a clear reference to Judas being lost and the source scripture for the verse the author used to justify Judas not being lost. The next one was the verse from Acts 1:15-17. If you keep on reading they replaced Judas, meaning he was no longer counted with the 12. It quotes Psalm 109 with “let someone else take his position.” Then in Acts 1:26 they cast lots and Mathias is “numbered with the 11 Apostles.” The authors verses are used out of context to support the argument he makes in the book. I would caution any reader to set aside emotion in search of truth from scripture. Be a Berean and search out the truth. I used to root for Judas, and frankly still don't find him to be any more villainous than anyone else. I completely agree that his actions were necessary for my salvation, but that doesn’t mean that he got into Heaven based somehow on the merit of his actions or his lack of control in them. The story of Judas is not different than the story of David in 2 Samuel 24. The Lord came against Israel and incited David to number them. Then he punished David for doing it. David was still wrong for what he did and even acknowledged it. David however, threw himself at the mercy of Yahweh, repented and accepted the punishment. Then begged for mercy and went to offer sacrifices. If this book had tried to argue that Judas could choose the door or the tree (see the end of chapter 2) and the door was repentance and faith in Jesus as the Messiah, I could see a story about redemption like we find with Peter after the resurrection. However, the Bible doesn’t tell that story. Everyone has to repent and place their trust in Jesus to be saved. Just my thoughts.
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